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NEWS: Aberdeen Performing Arts launch series of practical play workshops to find new talent.

Aberdeen performing artsAberdeen Performing Arts (APA) are launching series of twelve practical play writing workshops to find and encourage new playwrights in the north-east of Scotland.

Heading up the sessions will be Aberdeen’s own playwright, actress and tutor Lesley Hart and there will be guest sessions from some of Scotland’s leading writers including: David Grieg, Zinnie Harris, Rona Munro (tbc) and Frances Poet.

APA, the company behind His Majesty’s Theatre, The Lemon Tree and Music Hall, will launch the workshops next month and they will run twice a month on Sunday afternoons, until September.

To apply for a place on the course, budding playwrights have until Friday, February 28, to send in a 500-word “Play for Aberdeen”, plus up to 10 pages of creative writing and a covering letter to creativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com.

“We are looking for brilliant new playwrights with exciting and original ideas, stories with an urgency to be told, based on true or imagined events, in any style or genre,” said APA’s director of programming and creative projects Ben Torrie.“Aberdeen Performing Arts is committed to cultivating local theatre artists and audiences by introducing initiatives including the successful first season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint at The Lemon Tree in autumn 2013.”

Torrie continued: “The playwrights’ workshop programme will allow us to continue to support new world-class theatre generated here in the North-east; to nurture new dramatic voices, talented writers with an impulse and desire to write for theatre, whether they have before or not.We hope this programme will generate new plays for future seasons of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, and hopefully for a more extensive programme of new work in the future. Our main ambition is to invest in local talent and create a platform for new voices, stories and ideas.”

The workshop series aims to strike a creative balance between examining the building blocks of plays and encouraging writers to experiment and take risks.

The workshops will be held on Sunday afternoons at The Lemon Tree, and are free of charge – the provision dates are March 9 and 23; April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18, June 15 and 19, August 10 and 14, and September 7.

More information is available from creativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com.

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